Archive for January, 2012

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

by
Tanasia, Class of 2013

The beginning of the semester is always bitter sweet. On one hand I’m sad to leave my family and the leisure time I have. On the other hand I am happy to learn, be with friends and get back on campus. Thankfully my sleeping patterns are not an issue for me this semester, but time management is definitely an obstacle. I am enrolled in 21 credits this semester that consist of 6 classes and a training course to become a Wellness Advocate. Wellness Advocates are students who are  trained by Potsdam’s counseling center to be peer counselors. Most students tend to take on average 12 – 15 credits. However, some like me complete one major and decide late in the game to add another one. Balance is a must in being successful with my hectic schedule.  Too much of anything could be bad so I make sure to do some of the things I love and get involved on campus. I will be an active member in Voices of Victory which is one of the clubs we have on campus that focuses on Gospel performance. I am also a Zumba instructor which gives me a break from the books to have a fitness dance party three times a week. Deep breaths & positive thoughts get me through every time 🙂 Cheers to a new semester!

Friday, January 27th, 2012

by
Becky, Class of 2014

This winter break was hardly a break at all for me.  After 2 weeks of being “home” after finals (which was really more running around to various holiday events than relaxing), I was off to France!  I took part in a Winterim travel course that was offered through SUNY Potsdam with 5 other students and Madame Philibert for language emersion and culture.  We spent our time traveling all over France and got so much more than any of us were anticipating.

Our trip began in Paris, where we all walked off a very long 8 hour flight into the early morning, completely exhausted.  There was no rest right from the start, as we didn’t get to rest at the hotel until 4pm that evening.  The five days in Paris went by in a jam-packed blur of sights including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tour, the Louve, Versailles, and so many more.  It seemed to fly by since we were so busy, and before we knew it, we were boarding the train toward Marseilles!

Marseille is a beautiful city in the south of France.  We spent the day there and could immediately breathe a sigh of relief for being out of the quick pace of Paris and into a more relaxed environment.  As much as we loved our day in Marseille, it ended far too quickly as we jumped aboard a ship that night to go to Corsica, an island in the Mediterranean Sea close to both France and Italy.  Our night on the boat was a little crazy, but we’ll leave it at that.

The next three days were spread across Corsica between the cities of Ajaccio, Corte, and Bastia.  Ajaccio was my favorite city in Corsica because of the beautiful scenery and laid back lifestyle.  While there, some of us took a nap in the sunshine next to the Mediterranean, which certainly set the bar for future naps at an impossibly high level.  Corte was an old mountain town, and Bastia was another Oceanside city.  Everyone we met in Corsica was so friendly and kind, but it was sometimes difficult to understand them because their accents are very different.  We saw a lot of museums while in Corsica and learned a lot about the cultural differences between the island and the mainland.

Finally, it was time to head to our final destination: Nice!  I felt completely at home from the second we arrived.  We continued with our evening school lessons and daily cultural field trips as we had done through all the trip, but the time slowed down and we were allowed a lot more free time.  By then, we had changed from 6 strangers into a little family.  We lived out each day as long as we could, because none of us wanted it to end.  I learned so much about the language, the culture and myself in the last two weeks, and met people that I will never, ever forget.  I’m already trying to figure out a way to go back!  Having even a short study abroad program is something I am so grateful for and suggest to all students before you graduate.  It’ll be worth it and then some!

Ajaccio

Ajaccio

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Nice

Nice

Versailles

Palace at Versailles

 

Friday, January 13th, 2012

by
Vince, Class of 2013

This winterim session I got to do an internship through the office of career planning at the Maine Historical Society. They had me working down in technical services with the society’s head archivist and I was responsible for re-housing estate documents sent to us from a law firm. The final product was placed into their collections database and the boxes are now among the stacks of other documents from Maine’s history. The internship also had me working with digital databases occasionally and I was able to sit in on administrative meetings. I really enjoyed the work I did in the archives and it put my post-graduate plans into focus. From my experiences and mentoring at the society I plan on applying to graduate programs in librarian science in the up and coming school year. Potsdam certainly makes it possible to get an internship no matter what your degree is, you’ll even get credit in most cases. Check out the office of career planning sophomore year if you’re interested in an internship opportunity.

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